Hoo boy. Ridley Scott has announced that Alien: Covenant isn’t the only Alien prequel he hasin the works. The director says he’s making two additional movies which will link up 2012’s Prometheus to the original Alien film, which he made in 1979.

Via THR:

Alien: Covenant and the following two films will be origin stories, answering the “very basic questions posed in Alien: why the alien, who might have made it and where did it come from?” Scott revealed at a press conference in Sydney where he is starting pre-production on Covenant, the first sequel to Prometheus.

“Its a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” he said of the new film, which tells the story of the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who discover what they think is an uncharted paradise but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. [...]

“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979,” the British director revealed.

“So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered,” he added.

That would make four prequels to Alien, a film franchise that only has four proper installments itself (and some would even argue that point). That’s a lot of prequels, especially if Scott is only looking to answer two pretty simple questions. Do we really need three more movies to figure why an Engineer and an Alien were hanging out on LV-426? Maybe Scott could just make Covenant, and then give Neil Blomkamp’s Alien 5 a chance instead? Sigh.


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